Hero or Tyrant: Connecting Beethoven’s Third Symphony to Napoleon, Part Two

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Jeff Reed

Develop students’ critical thinking and writing in world history classes studying the age of democratic revolutions by engaging them in a series of deep listening activities that link the second and third movements of Eroica, Beethoven's Symphony No.3 to relevant content standards in World History and Language Arts.  Students will improve their ability to engage in five minutes of deep listening to music; participate in the 5-minute to 15-minute class discussions that follow; listen to and write down the ideas of fellow students in Cornell bulleted notes; and spend 3-5 minutes writing meaningful conclusions. Students will evaluate why Napoleon could be considered a democratic “hero” and why Napoleon could be considered an undemocratic “tyrant” who abused his power.

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